If they could patent it, it would make Big Pharma richer than any drug on the market.
It boosts heart health… strengthens your immune system… kills drug-resistant bacteria… may help your body process blood sugar more efficiently… feeds the good bacteria in your gut… promotes better blood flow… and much more.
What is it? It’s garlic. It’s one of Nature’s most powerful all-around health boosters. And today, we’ll look at just how powerful it really is.
When it comes to your heart, it’s tough to beat garlic. Here are just a few of its benefits…
- Promotes lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (blood fats)1
- Supports healthy blood pressure2
- Promotes slower blood clotting activity3
In animal studies, garlic also enhances sensitivity to insulin.4 Increased insulin sensitivity helps your body process blood sugar more efficiently, keeping blood sugar at healthier levels.
But that’s just for starters. Tired of winter sniffing and sneezing? Try garlic.
In the dead of winter, English scientists gave garlic supplements to a group of volunteers. A second group took a look-alike placebo. Over 12 weeks, the garlic group got sick far less often. And those who did get sick recovered more than 3 days sooner than the placebo group.5
Garlic boosts your immune system in another way, too. It actually feeds the “friendly” bacteria that live in your digestive system.
You see, garlic is loaded with a kind of fiber called fructooligosaccharides – or FOS for short. Healthy bacteria, like Lactobacillus, feast on FOS. And when these healthy bacteria flourish, they keep populations of other bacteria and yeasts under control.
FOS has another effect on your digestive system. They promote better absorption of minerals.6 So your body can get more nutrition out of the food you eat.
Test tube and animal studies also show that garlic may promote better stomach health.
H. pylori is a bacterium that’s linked to serious damage to the stomach lining. Japanese researchers gave garlic extract to animals infected with H. pylori. After taking the garlic, they showed far less damage to their stomach linings.7
But garlic’s effect on some other nasty bacteria is even more remarkable. In lab experiments, Japanese scientists used garlic extracts to kill E. coli, Salmonella, and Candida yeast. They discovered that even drug-resistant MRSA bacteria couldn’t stand up to garlic.8
Garlic kills many fungi, too – including the fungus that causes athlete’s foot.9,10
Finally, there’s good news for men who love garlic. It just may boost prostate health.
A recent study in the Middle East compared men’s diets. One factor they looked at was the amount of garlic the men ate. The researchers discovered a link between garlic and prostate health.
Men who ate more garlic appeared to lower their risk of at least one serious prostate problem.11
Best of all, it’s easy to get garlic – or more garlic – into your diet. As an herb, it adds a wonderful flavor to all sorts of recipes. Garlic cloves are delicious roasted on their own, too.
If you’re worried about the odor, “deodorized” garlic supplements are available.
Just one word of caution… If you’re taking prescription blood thinners, talk to your doctor. Garlic can increase the effect of these medications.
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
Best Life Herbals
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2 Ried, K., et al. “Effect of garlic on blood pressure: a systematic review and meta-analysis,” BMC Cardiovasc Disord. Jun 16, 2008;8:13.
3 Gadkari, J.V. and Joshi, V.D., “Effect of ingestion of raw garlic on serum cholesterol level, clotting time and fibrinolytic activity in normal subjects,” J Postgrad Med. Jul 1991;37(3):128-131.
4 Padiya, R., et al, “Garlic Improves Insulin Sensitivity and Associated Metabolic Syndromes in Fructose Fed Rats,” Nutr Metab (Lond). Jul 27, 2011;8(1):53.
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7 Iimuro, M., et al, “Suppressive effects of garlic extract on Helicobacter pylori-induced gastritis in Mongolian gerbils,” Cancer Lett. Dec 10, 2002;187(1-2):61-68.
8 Sasaki, J., et al, “Antibacterial activity of garlic powder against Escherichia coli O-157,” J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). Dec 1999;45(6):785-790.
9 Ledezma, E., et al, “Ajoene in the topical short-term treatment of tinea cruris and tinea corporis in humans. Randomized comparative study with terbinafine,” Arzneimittelforschung. Jun 1999;49(6):544-547.
10 Ledezma, E., et al, “Efficacy of ajoene in the treatment of tinea pedis: a double-blind and comparative study with terbinafine,” J Am Acad Dermatol. Nov 2000;43(5 Pt 1):829-832.
11 Salem, S., et al, “Major dietary factors and prostate cancer risk: a prospective multicenter case-control study,” Nutr Cancer. Jan 2011;63(1):21-27.
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